December 21, 2014

Book Review: “Burning Man: Art on Fire”

 I have never been to Burning Man, never had an interest and regarded with kind of a skank eye, friends, “Burners,” who were excited and would do anything to join the hordes at “the playa,”a desolate prehistoric lakebed and one of the most inhospitable places on earth. That says more than I’d like anyone to know about me, but before I stop, here’s what happened: this book changed my mind. It’s the writing, the photographs, the philosophy of the place, … [Read More...]

Film Review: Wild and Unencumbered

 Jean-Marc Vallee and Reese Witherspoon serve the season’s heaviest trip. Seconds into the opening shot of Jean-Marc Vallee’s breathtaking Wild, we know everything there is to know about this film: A woman trying to balance with her seemingly insurmountable amount of baggage. The ruthless efficiency in the work between Vallee, screenwriter Nick Hornby and Reese Witherspoon make the film relatable without crushing the s… [Read More...]

TYS Pippin Auditions, Jan. 8

 Topanga Youth Services will conduct auditions for Pippin, The Musical, on Thursday, January 8 from 4-6 p.m. This show will be in partnership with Kristy Beauvais of Focus Fish, with some aerial circus fun as they have in the revival production. Please prepare a song and be ready to read from the script. Show dates are March 27-29. For more information, contact tys… [Read More...]

Alliage Quintett at Mermaid, Jan. 25

 Tucked away in the lush wilderness of Topanga Canyon, a Spanish-Colonial mansion with its own rich musical history welcomes the Southern California debut of The Alliage Quintett. This exceptional quintet—four saxophones and a piano—is celebrated for its programs of spectacular “virtuosity and wit” (Radio Berlin Brandenburg, Kulturradio). Their name—the French word for “alloy”—is both a nod to the saxophone’s alloy of copper and zinc, and an expressio… [Read More...]

Local Teen’s Proposal Results In Epic Youtube Collaboration

 “Aaaarrrrggghhh,” screams YouTube superstar Ellary Porterfield from her perch in a sandbox at Children’s Corner pre-school flanked by several Topanga kids, as Dylan Williams (14) pops up from being camouflaged under mounds of dirt. Nope, this isn’t an elaborate playdate— this is the filming of an upcoming episode of their YouTube series 240 Reviews with special guest star, Porterfield. They are creating a parody of the “Hunger Games” series in which Ka… [Read More...]